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Los Angeles Tesla FREE Wall charger incentive disappearing soon

Hey everyone,

If you live in LA City and bought a NEW OR USED Tesla at ANY point (even if it wasn't recently), and you use LADWP as your electric company, you are entitled to $500 toward a Tesla HPWC wall connector. They retail for $500 plus tax, so it'll just cost you the tax or about $45. NOT BAD!

Here's how it works:

Go to ladwp.com/ev

Click on: Residential EV Charger Rebate Program


Further details are below -- expires June 30, 2018 so you have to ACT FAST!!! We have 2 2017 Teslas's, and got TWO rebates. See attached for our installation.

If you need an exceptional (and CHEAP) installer, contact Oran's Electric -- perfect Yelp reviews, 1.3 of the Tesla authorized price, and has friends at DWP who fast-track it. Tell him his customer in Brentwood with 2 Teslas's in the condo garage sent you. Photos of his handiwork (with our free chargers in a condo garage using DWP time of use metering) attached!

You're welcome!!!

LADWP introduced the Electric Vehicle Charger Rebate Program, “Charge Up L.A.!” to encourage the installation of convenient electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at residential and commercial locations in order to support the purchase and use of EVs. This program will benefit the environment and help EV users save on fuel costs at the same time. The rebate is offered to residential customers who purchase or lease a qualifying, new or used EV and install a qualifying Level 2 charger at their home.

Residential customers can receive a rebate of up to $500 toward their out-of-pocket expenses for an EV charger. The rebate does not cover the cost of installation. Customers who choose to install an optional dedicated time-of-use (TOU) meter will qualify for the LADWP’s EV discount of 2.5 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh), plus receive an additional $250 bonus. This dedicated service will add additional cost to the installation process but will yield lower electricity costs for off peak charging.

Residential EV Charger Rebate Program Fact Sheet
Residential EV Charger Rebate Program Frequently Asked Questions
Residential EV Level 2 Charging and Meter Options
EV Level 2 Charger Installation Steps

Program Qualifications
  • Applicant must be an LADWP residential customer.
  • The location of the EV charger must be within the LADWP service area (if you are not certain, please look at your electricity bill to determine if it is from the LADWP or another electric service provider).
  • If the charger is installed in a multi-family complex, the applicant must certify he or she has permission from the property manager/owner or homeowners association to install the charger.
  • If the charger is installed in a multi-family complex, the program participant has the sole responsibility of securing all necessary and required permissions from the property owner, homeowner associations, or any other organization from which permission to make such installations would be required.
  • The customer or EV owner must have purchased a new or used EV on or after October 1, 2015 and have a factory installed SAE J1772 charging plug.
  • The qualifying Level 2 (240-volt) EV charger must be:
    • New or unused, purchased on or after October 1, 2015.
    • Certified by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL Listed), ETL Listed or approved by the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) Test Lab.
    • Wall mounted and installed by a licensed contractor at the LADWP electric service address provided in this application.
  • Chargers that are portable, resold, rebuilt, received from warranty insurance claims, won as a prize, or new parts installed in existing units are not eligible for rebates under this program. Tesla EV owners must install a high-power wall connector to qualify.
  • Application must be submitted within six (6) months of EV charger purchase and postmarked no later than June 30, 2018.
Before You Apply

Make sure that the address associated with the vehicle per Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) registration records, the installation address of the EV charger, and the address of the associated electric service is the same. You should also determine whether or not you would like to receive the EV discount rate, which requires requesting that the LADWP install a dedicated TOU meter.

How to Apply

Step 1: EV Discount Rate

To receive the EV discount of 2.5 cents per kWh, you will need to have a dedicated EV TOU meter for your charger. The first step is to contact the LADWP to request this service. To begin the meter installation process, please submit an EV Charging Station Request Form online.

Step 2: Residential EV Charger Rebate
If you choose not to have a dedicated EV service, then simply hire a licensed contractor and have the charger installed under an approved permit issued by the LADBS. For detailed program qualifications and guidelines and to apply, please download, complete, and submit the Residential EV Charger Rebate Application. Call 1-866-484-0433 if you have questions or need an application mailed to you. Review the application, including the terms and conditions, to confirm your eligibility and don't forget to include your signature and the date.

Mail in your original completed and signed rebate application along with the following supporting documents:

  • Copy of your most recent LADWP Utility Bill (only Page 1)
  • DMV registration (EV must be registered at the LADWP service address)
  • Car purchase contract or lease contract dated on or after October 1, 2015
  • Itemized receipt for charger with purchase date on or after October 1, 2015
  • Photo of completed charger installation
  • Photo of dedicated EV meter if this option is chosen
Mail to:

LADWP Electric Vehicle Processing Center
P.O. Box 51111, Room 1019
Los Angeles, CA 90051-0100

This is a limited-time program to assist EV owners with their charger costs. Rebate terms and conditions are subject to change at any time. The program is set to expire on June 30, 2018, or when funds are exhausted, whichever comes first.

For more information about EVs, go to Drive Electric.


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I'm considering having the HPWC installed, but with TOU metering, does it actually save money over sticking with standard metering?

Just wondering if the rebate is actually worth it, or if it's a ploy by LADWP to get me to pay more in the long term.

Do you have any insight?
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I think this might be the aspect I was glossing over, the fact that it keeps the rest of my house from bumping up to a higher tier actually does sound advantageous.

I'm glad you mention that.

Yep! Especially in summer when your AC use throws you into the "expensive" power tier, you'll be wishing you had TOU.

The other benefit is that TOU meter will reduce the load on your main electrical panel, preventing overloads which can cause a fire or at least cause a power outage and lots of $$$.

Don't forget DWP will pay you for part of the TOU install... good luck!